PRESS RELEASE, 9/10/2012

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announces death penalty indictment in murder of John Lauck

Today, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announced the death penalty indictment of Daniel Davis (DOB 9/19/64) in the August 18th – 19th murder of East Price Hill resident John Lauck.  Davis is charged with 2 counts of Aggravated Murder (Special Felony), 2 counts of Murder (Special Felony), 1 count of Aggravated Robbery (Felony 1) and 1 count of Aggravated Burglary (Felony 1).  The Defendant is also charged as a Repeat Violent Offender as a result of his 1986 conviction for Rape.  If convicted of all charges, he faces the possibility of the death penalty.

Davis and Mr. Lauck had been acquainted for several weeks prior to Mr. Lauck’s murder as Mr. Lauck had hired him to perform odd jobs around his East Price Hill home.  On the day of the murder, Davis went to Mr. Lauck’s home in order to rob him for money to support his heroin addiction.

One of Mr. Lauck’s children found him dead in his home.  The Hamilton County Coroner ruled his death a homicide as the result of stab wounds to the neck and chest with a contributing cause of ligature strangulation.  Mr. Lauck had been repeatedly beaten, stabbed and stomped.  The victim’s DNA was recovered from blood spatter from Davis’ shoes.

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph Deters commented, “How sad is it when someone kind like Mr. Lauck tries to help someone like Davis and then ends up brutally murdered.  Davis’ own brother is quoted as saying that Davis is a “piece of human garbage”.  I could not agree more.”